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Hidden Village Music Festival brings a taste of SXSW to Lufkin


have to make the four hour trip to see some of the acts.

Bands performing at SXSW are making stops in Lufkin to give East Texans a taste of the festival.

The concept of the Hidden Pines music festival was to revive Lufkin.

"It gives people like us a place to go that we wouldn't have," Musician Ian Craft of the Howlin Brothers said. "I think it is awesome for the town. This is our second time playing Lufkin and we love it."

"We wanted to promote live music in Lufkin, largely so the local bands that no one ever hears about could play a gig and get paid for it," Standpipe coffee house co-owner Ray Coleman said.

Organizers hoped to introduce music lovers of all genres to something new. Their solution was to bring in bands from SXSW that were looking for ways to pay for their trips to or from Austin.

"We had an act from New Orleans last Saturday," Coleman said. "We had a new age band last night and tonight we have a blue grass band. "We are going to have a punk rock band next Saturday."

The bands like the exposure.

"[Small Towns} are really the most fun shows on out tour," Craft said.

The fans in attendance have not complained.

"There is something here for everyone," Carl Wallace said. "It may not be to your taste, but it is always tasteful."

"It lets people know there is something to do in Lufkin besides going to the movies," Joe Cuellar said.

"There has been live music in Lufkin, but never on a weekly basis or a yearly basis like this festival," Max Reynolds said. "It kind of seems like we need to educate people about live entertainment again."

You never know if you are looking at the next big thing.

The festival runs through March 16.

To see more details on the festival, visit their website.

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